Wildlife Sound Recording Volunteer - Fish Spawning

Severn Rivers Trust - Unlocking the Severn

Martley, Worcestershire

Volunteer • Part Time

tim.thorpe@severnriverstrust.com 01886 888394 Tim Thorpe

Sectors: water & hydrology, conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Friday, 30th November 2018  


Be part of a major restoration project aiming to improve access for migrating fish to the UK's longest river. Highly flexible volunteer opportunity for those with a knowledge and interest in sound recording...

About the project

The Unlocking the Severn project is a partnership between Canal & River Trust, Severn Rivers Trust & the Environment Agency. Over the next three years, the project will remove or bypass major barriers to migrating fish along the River Severn. It will allow tens of thousands of shad (a species in the herring family) to access their historic spawning grounds in the upper Severn, as well as helping other iconic migrating species, including Atlantic Salmon. Alongside this we are working with schools and communities to reconnect them with the river and its heritage.

About the role

We're looking for one or more people with a knowledge and interest in sound recording to help us capture audio of shad spawning on the River Severn. Spawning occurs during May and early June during the night time and can be identified by distinctive pattern of spashing on the surface of the water. As part of our citizen science project we want to work with volunteers to identify shad spawning locations and learn more about spawning behaviour using audio posts. But we need your help!

What you will gain

This volunteering role will introduce you to the forgotten story of the shad migration and is an opportunity to gain experience working alongside scientists and conservationists while collecting valuable data. This role will put you at the forefront of knowledge in this field and provide an opportunity to see (and hear) a unique and fascinating natural spectacle alongside an enthusiastic team of staff and volunteers.

Your skills and experience

Ideally you will have some background or experience in audio-recording in either a professional capacity or as a hobby. You will help the project team identify approriate equipment and trial recording methods ready for the shad spawning season in spring 2019.

Time commitment

This role will not require a large time commitment but there is plenty to do for those with more time and a desire to learn and get involved in other wildlife recording or fish monitoring activities. Volunteers will be required to meet with the Project Volunteer Officer, ideally at The Trust's office in Martley, and visit river locations at various times to test equipment and methods.

For more information, please get in touch with Tim, our Volunteer Officer


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